Cooling Centers open in the San Joaquin and Kern River Valleys when the temperatures are forecast to be 105 degrees or higher, in the desert areas when temperatures are forecast to be 108 degrees or higher, and in Frazier Park when temperatures are forecast to be 95 degrees or higher. The centers are open from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The current list of Cooling Centers is as follows:
East Bakersfield Veterans Building, 2101 Ridge Road
The Mission at Kern County 516 E. 21st street
Arvin – Arvin Community Center, 800 Walnut Drive
Maricopa – Gusher Hall 271 California Street
Shafter – Walker Senior Center, 505 Sunset Avenue
Taft -Taft Community Center, 505 Sunset Ave
Frazier Park – Frazier Park Recreation Building, 3801 Park Drive
Lake Isabella – Kern River Valley Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd
California City – Strata Center, 10350 Heather Ave
Rosamond – Hummel Community Building 2500 20th Street
Residents using the Cooling Centers are encouraged to bring their favorite non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, reading material, games, etc. to better enjoy the Centers. If you need transportation call 2-1-1.
*When open, hours are 1-8 p.m.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following rules apply to ALL Cooling Center visitors:
- Visitors will be required to wear a face covering.
- Visitors who have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed in the center.
- Visitors must practice physical distancing at all times—keep at least 6’ away from one another.
We encourage bringing reading material, games, etc. to better enjoy the Centers.